Stephan’s Florilegium for February 2013


Stephan’s Florilegium for February 2013

Greetings to the Gentlefolk of the SCA,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for February detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.

I am always looking for good articles for the Florilegium. If you have researched something in our period or you practice a little known art or craft, writing an article is an excellent way to introduce others to the work you’ve done. I’m especially interested in academic papers written for A&S contests because, unfortunately, few have time at such an event to read them. Even the judges. Getting them published in the Florilegium lets your hard word benefit the entire Known World.  Word format is the easiest for me to handle, but others are possible.

You don’t have to be finished with your research or have a “perfect” article. Other people can still learn from and be inspired by what you’ve already done. You keep the copyright and you can always update it in the future. If you’re sent something, but not gotten a response, likely I didn’t get it or sometimes things get lost. So please feel free to email me again. Ut’s also possible that I’m waiting for some more info from you and you’ve missed my message.

If you see an article in a kingdom, guild or local newsletter that you think others might find useful or interesting, please consider sending me a note about it. I would appreciate the author’s contact info if you have it. I will not add an article to the Florilegium without the author’s permission, but many authors are too inhibited to send me their own work. If you like an article, then chances are other SCA folks will as well.

A Blending of the Past and Present

Over the past twenty-five years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors. In order to make this information available to others, I have placed this information in a collection of files called Stefan’s Florilegium.

The Florilegium is on the web at:

I am always interested in new articles. If you have written an article that would be of interest to others in the SCA, please send it to me for possible inclusion in the Florilegium. A&S documentation and class handouts will also often work well. I am especially interested in research papers submitted as A&S entries. If you have sent something, but I’ve failed to email you back, please contact me. Sometimes email gets lost. Sometimes I lose it. 🙁

Since few people seem to use the RSS feed, I’ve stopped updating it. If you do use it, let me know and I’ll reconsider this.

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THLord Stefan li Rous    Ansteorra    stefan at

Here are the new files for this month:
In the ARCHERY section:
Arch-H-Gntlet-art     “Archer’s Half Gauntlet” by The Honorable Lord Jochen Schwalbe.
In the ANIMALS section:
goats-msg             Period goats and how they were used.
In the PERIOD THOUGHT section:
E-Eglsh-Prose-art     “Echoes of Oral Tradition in the Dialogues of Ælfric’s Natale Sancte Agnetis” by Detlef von Marburg. (Master’s thesis)
In the PERSONAL CARE section:
Hiccops-art           “Medieval oddities: Hiccups” by Lady Catherine Ambrose.
In the SCA-CAMPING section:
Bear-Safety-art       “Bear Safety in Oertha” by Kurios Halfdan “Two Bears” Ôzurrson.
In the TEXTILE-ARTS section:
fab-painting-msg      Painting on fabric now and in period.

Here are the updated files for this month.
dairy-prod-msg       Dairy products. milk, butter, curds, cream.
event-ideas-msg      Ideas for SCA events.
fruits-msg           Medieval fruits and fruit dishes. Recipes.
gloves-msg           Gloves and Muffs. Making gloves. References.
Copyright 2014, Mark S. Harris. Permission to reprint in SCA-related publications is hereby granted if the file descriptions are left unchanged. Removing any of the updated files listed in order to fit the article into limited publication space is allowed.  The article introduction may also be edited, provided the web address and contact info are retained.